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Thomas Jefferson Norwood (1842-1933)
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Born: 8 May 1842 Carroll County Tennessee.
Married: Emily Elizabeth Pinkston (1842-1921) the daughter of James J. Pinkston (1805-1879) and Mary (1805-1900) on 2 Jan 1866 in Carroll County Tennessee. 5
Died: 7 Mar 1933 Carroll County Tennessee. 1 2
Buried: 7 Mar 1933 Butler Church Cemetery Carroll County Tennessee. 1 3 4
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William Norwood
Abt 1788-Bet 1850 and 1860
John Norwood
9 Jan 1807-9 Feb 1889
Married: 10 May 1806
Kissiah Langham
Abt 1789-Bet 1850 and 1860
Thomas Jefferson Norwood
8 May 1842-7 Mar 1933
Married: 16 Sep 1830
Civil War - Union Robert O'Neal
Matilda O'Neal
Abt 1809-Aft 1890
Married: 19 Dec 1792
Sarah Elizabeth Davis
1772-Nov 1849

Spouse and Children

      Emily Elizabeth Pinkston

Brothers and Sisters

Thomas enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. He served with the 7th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry from 1862-1865. Thomas' older brothers William R. and James W. fought for the Confederacy from Arkansas. Thomas was captured at Union City, Tennessee in 1864 and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. While he was there he saw many of the men in his company die because of disease and filthy living conditions. His cousin William Norwood was one of the men that did not make it home.

After the war, Thomas went back to farming, which he would do for the rest of his life. Except for the time during the war and a visit to Illinois and Arkansas he lived in Carroll County. While in Illinois he gave an affidavit concerning the death of James Kilbreath at Andersonville Prison. It's not known if he made a special trip to Illinois to give his story. His account of James' misery was one of hundreds he saw.

Although he was a farmer, Thomas didn't own any land until 1886. Until then he had lived on his father's property. The section of his father's land he lived on was part of a lawsuit between his father and James J. Pinkston in 1871.

Thomas continued his association with former Civil War veterans well after the war was over. In 1889 he joined the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

NORWOOD, THOMAS J(EFFERSON), Companies E & C, pvt, enlisted by Captain Parsons of Co E for 3 years at Huntingdon, TN on 8/20/62 and mustered in at Humboldt on 8/24/62 at age 20. He was 5'9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born in Carroll Co, TN about 1842. He was AWOL from 2/17/63-5/26/63 and was one of the 100 or more men who went AWOL from the forts on the Mississippi/Tennessee line in June 1863. Norwood was arrested while AWOL and returned to the regiment in time to be captured with the regiment at Union City, TN on 3/24/64 and taken to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He had scrobutus there but survived, being exchanged at Savannah, GA on 11/20/64. Taken first to Annapolis, he returned to duty and was discharged with the regiment when it disbanded at Nashville, TN on 8/9/65. He married Emily Elizabeth Pinkston in 1866 and applied for an invalid pension, #290,968/274,841, in 1879. In 1890 he lived near the Buena Vista PO in Carroll Co, TN. In September 1931, he was one of only four Civil War soldiers remaining alive in Carroll Co. Norwood died on 3/7/1933 and is buried in Butler's Chapel Cemetery in Buena Vista. He has a military marker. There is a "Find A Grave" entry showing Norwood's marker, his obituary and a picture of him in uniform. He was the son of John and Matilda O'Neill Norwood.6 2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


  1. Death Certificate for Thomas J. Norwood, , File No. 4697, Tennessee State Board of Health
  2. Thomas J. Norwood's Last Will & Testament
  3. Tennessee Republican, Huntingdon, Tennessee, Friday, April 14, 1933
  4. United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  5. County Marriage Record, Thos Norwood-Elizabeth Pinkston
  6. Thomas Norwood's Affidavit for Mary Kilbreath
  7. Thomas J. Norwood's Civil War Service Record
  8. Roster - Isaac R. Hawkins Post - Grand Army of the Republic
  9. Thomas J. Norwood's Pension File
  10. United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  11. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
  12. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  13. Presidential Memorial Certificate
  14. THE 7TH TENNESSEE CAVALRY USA (Originally 2nd West Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry) Peggy Scott Holley